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Before the debut of the new Lexus LC 500h at the Geneva Motor Show, the company has decided to release more images of the sleek two-door hybrid to further whet our appetites. Although nearly identical in terms of looks to its V8-powered sibling – the LC 500, in this instance, it’s a case of “too much of a good thing is good for you.”

Sharing many visual cues from 2012’s LF-LC concept, the main selling point of the LC 500h (aside from its jaw-dropping looks) is it all-new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. The all-new powertrain is made up of a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine providing 295 hp and 348 Nm, mated to an electric motor and a 44.6 kW lithium-ion battery pack.

Put together, the total system output is rated at 354 hp. A four-speed automatic gearbox (matched to an e-CVT) is listed as the car’s transmission, an interesting choice, but still effective for a sub-five second 0-100 km/h time. The LC 500h is also the first Lexus model to benefit from the company’s all-new rear-wheel drive platform (GA-L).

“I was determined to make sure we became a more emotional brand, and that the words ‘boring’ and ‘Lexus’ never showed up in the same sentence,” said president of Toyota Motor Corp, Akio Toyoda at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). With the LC 500 and now, the LC 500h, we find it hard to disagree.